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Linda Fonner To Run For Wetzel County B.O.E.

By Staff | Apr 1, 2020

Linda Fonner

Linda (Finney) Fonner graduated from California State College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early and Elementary Education at the age of 20 and took a job as a fifth-grade teacher at New Martinsville Elementary School. She spent the next thirty-six and a half years pouring her heart and energy into the education of students in Wetzel County.

Now she announces her candidacy for the Wetzel County Board of Education so she can continue her dedication and service to the students of the county.

Known for her hands-on science projects, Linda has received many awards at the local, state, and national levels-from Wetzel County Teacher of the Year to the national Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. She is a member of the West Virginia Science Teachers Association (WVSTA) and has served in several of its leadership roles over the years. Locally, she served as the Coordinator for Math Field Day, Social Studies fairs and spelling bees for many years. (A complete list of her awards is available on her campaign’s Facebook page, information below.)

After adding the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project to her curriculum, Linda also began working for the organization, traveling across the country to train other teachers on bringing energy education to their classrooms.

She started an after-school club at New Martinsville School, where they developed award-winning energy projects and traveled to the finals in Washington, D.C. Linda went on to become a member of the NEED’s advisory board as well as a member of their national curriculum committee.

Linda believes one should never stop learning. In addition to her Bachelor’s Degree in education, Linda received her Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from West Virginia University and completed more than 60 graduate hours in Curriculum and Instruction. She also completed the requirements to become National Board Certified as a Middle Childhood Generalist, in addition to receiving training from the WV Department of Education in Coordinated and Thematic Science (CATS) as well as the CATS chemistry course. Linda completed all these and more in order to better serve the students of Wetzel County.

Having retired from classroom teaching in 2016, Linda wants to remain involved with the education of the students in Wetzel County.

“My passion and my career have been one and the same,” Linda said. “Currently the Board of Education is made up of two community members and three educators. The educators are all career administrators.”

“I feel there is a need for a recent classroom teacher on the board, as the current classrooms are not the same as years ago,” she said. “I also feel that I can bring curriculum experience to the board.”

Linda also said she will prioritize the concerns of county citizens and encourages them to reach out to her about issues regarding education and the and the wellness of students.

“I am able to openly discuss concerns in a respectful manner and can work well with others,” she said, explaining how she will convey those issues to fellow board members and administrators.

When asked what she wanted every voter to know, she replied:

“I will always do what is in the best interest of students. Always.”

For more information regarding Linda’s campaign, please like her campaign’s Facebook page, Linda Fonner for Wetzel Co BOE. If you would like to discuss a relevant issue, please message Linda’s Facebook campaign page or email her at lfonner@suddenlink.net.